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Old Feb 2, 2006, 11:41 AM   #1
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These were taken with a Digital Rebel XT, my new Canon 85mm f1.8
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Old Feb 2, 2006, 11:57 AM   #7
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David,

The 85mm is working GREAT!! This series is a great lesson for folks on what having the right piece of equipment can do. Yes, much credit goes to you. But having the right lens for the job makes life a lot easier - and in low light sports can make all the difference between an OK shot and a great one.

That being said, on to the comments:

Color and exposure are great. You've captured some nice action.

Overall #1 is the best shot technically - sharp focus, good peak action and great framing.

#5 and 6 are my favorites from a composition standpoint although they are not the sharpest focused of the bunch - the downside of such wide apertures. #5 because you've got the face looking right at you and #6 because the defender is literally taking it on the chin. Overall, I think this batch is definitely the best - the framing is nice and tight and the crops are not akward - with the exception of 3 which is a bit too close to the waste - try to stay away from joints (mid thigh, mid calf, torso).

Very well done - the best basketball posts I've seen here in a long time. My only advice is that now you're at the point where a shot like #3 can be a throw away - since it's the back of the player and there's no action it loses some of it's value. If the shot were the front of the player (say from an inbounds from the sideline) it would be OK as a shot for the parents. But you're at the point now where you can toss otherwise technically good shots because they don't have the face / peak action or emotion in them. Thanks for sharing
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John

Thanks for the positive comments. I feel like the shots I took last night are among the best I have taken in a HS game. The good pictures I captured with that lens are very good but there were alot of stinkers too. This particular gym is pretty much on the dark end of things and it was tough to get good focus given the lighting and distance but when it worked I was really wowed by the images that took.

Your right, the entire shot being in focus is tough at f2.2 and that is a little frustrating at times. I shot last night in full manual which was probably a mistake. If I had it to do over again I would have shot in Tv mode, 1/400 and took my chances with that.

As for picture #3, well, thats just a selfish post: its my son

Take a look at the single pic I posted. I actually think that is the best picture of the bunch in terms of freezing good action, sharpness and clarity.

Thanks again. I would gladly trade you all 3 of my primes for that 70-200!
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As for picture #3, well, thats just a selfish post: its my son

Guess there is no 'foot in mouth' emoticon. This will have to do

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Old Feb 2, 2006, 7:35 PM   #10
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Yah, that lens is awesome!

Very sharp, background soft focus, very bright.

Try shooting vertical though.

When you said you're having trouble with focus, what settings were you using for these pics?

My guess is you have to shoot stopped down a little more to get a nice depth of field.

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